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Time between feedings

How old were your babies when they started to go longer between feedings?  My DD is 7 weeks old and nurses every 2 hours during the day.  She might stretch to 3-3.5 hours if she is in her sleeping in her car seat and we are out running errands.  During the night she goes every 3 hours like clockwork, and I have adjusted and become used to it.

However, last night I nursed her at 10pm and then put her to bed.  She didn't wake up and cry to nurse in her normal pattern.  Finally at 3:45am (almost 6 hours later), I heard her gently stirring.  I woke her up and fed her because our pediatrician said to not let her go more than 5 hours between feedings.  When I asked for how long, she had said for a few months.  Has anyone else been told that?  Or is DD transitioning to longer stretches of time?  What is the deal?  TIA!

Re: Time between feedings

  • I haven't been told that. Once she was back up to her birthweight, I fed her every 2-3 hours during the day and then let her sleep as long as she wanted at night. At first she would do a 4 hour and then a 3 hour stretch but it kept getting longer and now she mostly STTN. I think once they're back up to their birthweight it's OK to let them go a little longer.
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    I haven't been told that. Once she was back up to her birthweight, I fed her every 2-3 hours during the day and then let her sleep as long as she wanted at night. At first she would do a 4 hour and then a 3 hour stretch but it kept getting longer and now she mostly STTN. I think once they're back up to their birthweight it's OK to let them go a little longer.

    I got the same advice from my LC.  Once he was back to birthweight I could let him STTN, which he started doing well after birthweight anyway so it wasn't really an issue.  During the day he goes about 2 hours and then at night he will go an initial first stretch of 7-9 hours.

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  • My pediatrician recommended I wake DD every four hours at night until she's eleven lbs., but I just haven't had the heart to do it. I'll let her go for five or six hours because she's sleeping contentedly. She usually goes anywhere from an hour and a half to three hours during the day.
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  • At night we could stop waking him once he was a little over his birthweight.  For during the day, he started stretching out his feedings around 4.5/5 months.  But even then he only stretched it to 2.5/3 hours.  Now he's almost 1 and eats about every 3.5/4 hours.
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